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Map upends long fight over restaurant in Boston

Edward Rizzotto, a retired National Park Service manager, recalled the old map of Long Wharf Park in Boston.
Edward Rizzotto, a retired National Park Service manager, recalled the old map of Long Wharf Park in Boston.Credit: David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

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The Boston Redevelopment Authority was so close to realizing its vision of a restaurant on the tip of Long Wharf that you could almost smell the fried clams.

BRA officials had fought a group of determined North End residents in administrative hearings and state courts for nearly five years, spending close to a quarter of a million dollars on legal bills to get permission for a private company to build Doc’s Long Wharf on the pier jutting into Boston Harbor.

But it seems that BRA officials failed to heed an old map. A retired National Park Service manager remembered an agreement from the 1980s in which the BRA had promised to forever preserve the edge of Long Wharf for outdoor recreation. Now, a judge has placed the restaurant on hold.

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